I think I’ve written before about the famous Christian writer and apologist Josh McDowell.  He has quite an amazing story, once being an agnostic who questioned and challenged the profound truth of the Bible, of Jesus, and of Christianity.  However, as he has told his story numerous times in various media, once he set out to disprove these truths definitively, he found that all his previous agnostic beliefs were untrue and that God is the ultimate truth and the source of all truth (John 14:6).   Moreover, as his bio on his website explains, “After trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, Josh’s life changed dramatically as he experienced the power of God’s love.   [Subsequently] [a]fter his conversion, his plans for law school turned instead to plans to tell a doubting world about the truth of Jesus Christ.”  He has, since his conversion, “written or coauthored 138 books,” “…addressed more than 25 million people, giving over 26,000 talks in 125 countries,” and through Operation Carelift, which he founded in 1991, he has ministered to the physical needs of people around the world, delivering “…humanitarian aid (food, clothing, and medical supplies) worth more than $46,000,000.”  

As amazing as his story and his influence are, he is certainly not alone.  In his book More Than a Carpenter, McDowell goes through the solid and convincing evidence for Christianity, Jesus, and the Bible.  One of the most profound bodies of evidence is found in the transformation of individual lives.  The story starts with the amazing transformation of the disciples who abandoned Jesus in abject cowardice, yet just a few months later, at the Pentecost, they would be filled with God’s spirit and would be transformed into bold witnesses for the gospel for the remainder of their lives, all of them even suffering cruel deaths (except for John) for their beliefs, refusing to recant their faith in Jesus.  Also, there is the amazing story of the transformation of Saul of Tarsus from a zealous persecutor of the new believers into one of their boldest and most effective witnesses.   

This is not, however, only the story of the Apostles or famous Christian leaders like Josh McDowell.  This story of transformation is the story of all of us who have placed our faith in Jesus.  Of course, His transformative power occurs in varying degrees in each believer, depending on: how much time they spend with Him or spend meditating about Him and His word; how much control they relinquish to Him over all the areas of their lives, their hearts, and their minds; how humble and submissive their hearts and spirits are to His voice, His teaching, and His conviction; how much time they spend fellowshipping with other believers, ministering to them, and being ministered to by them; and how much they submit to and participate in His work.  But even the least of us, I suspect, will still have many stories to tell when we get to Heaven, of God’s amazing love and His work in their lives. 

I pray that you will daily experience His transforming power in your life. 
 


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02/05/2017 8:25am

Do you feel the power of God. I can feel it right now and I want to share it!

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When you look around the world you can see the nature and think about the power of the God. This topic is so vast and you can define lots of things so easily but you mention all things so well. I believe the power of the God and your article is so wonderful.

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